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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:33

Life Challenge receives $9,000 grant

Life Challenge of Western North Carolina has been awarded a $9,000 grant from the Evergreen Foundation to help make essential improvements and renovations to its residential shelter and therapeutic treatment facility for women who are suffering from substance abuse problems…
Tempers flared in Cherokee Tribal Council this month as some councilmembers alleged that a subset of their colleagues had gone rogue, holding backroom meetings in which they decided to subpoena tribal departments for sensitive information as part of investigations launched…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:28

Dangerous smoke hazard persists throughout WNC

Two dozen or so forest fires in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Western North Carolina have forced mandatory evacuations in WNC, but the impact is being felt and smelt far beyond the remote coves where they smolder. 
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:27

Wildfires torment residents, tourism

Our backyard is on fire. From Knoxville to Asheville, a large cloud of smoke is currently hovering over this corner of Southern Appalachia. In a seemingly “whack-a-mole” scenario, wildfires keep popping up or are combining at an alarming rate. And…
The severe drought plaguing Western North Carolina has taken its toll on the local water supply, and residents are being asked to conserve what they can. 
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:22

Swain family faces evacuation as fire encroaches

Home to the Hancock family for generations, the hills and hollows along Silvermine Road are an ingrained identity for siblings Teresa Hancock, Christy Birchfield and Garry Hancock. But this year is the first in their decades of living that smoke…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:22

Burn bans still in effect

With dry conditions reigning and wildfires raging, it’s currently both dangerous and illegal to start a fire nearly anywhere in Western North Carolina.
While marked by all the usual trappings of red-white-and-blue-infused color guards, antique cars and patriotic speeches, last week’s Veterans Day celebration in Franklin was a bit more sparse and a bit more somber than typical of the annual event.
As of press time Nov. 15, Western North Carolina was ablaze with 22 wildfires burning through more than 50 square miles in the seven western counties, and while that’s significantly more than the 14 fires that were burning 17.5 square…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 17:27

This must be the place: An Ode to Election 2016

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Hate didn't get us to this point. It also didn’t win the election. A stagnant Congress for the last 16…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:03

Choose physical therapy over painkillers

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By Shannon Icenhour • Guest Columnist Fall is almost over, but October was not just for trick-or-treating; it also represented…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:01

Sorry, but Bob Dylan did deserve the Nobel

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I’d like to take a few minutes to say a few words about the column by Jeff Minick two weeks…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:00

Wildfire Response in Western NC

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To the Editor: I live by Standing Indian Campground on West Old Murphy Road. Last Wednesday I watched the helicopters…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:00

Together we can create something

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To the Editor: As someone who is regarded as white, why am I a member of the Jackson County NAACP?…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:36

Coming to grips with her own image

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Among Americans the two most egregious social stigma are smoking and obesity. We relegate smokers to sidewalks and rooftops when…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:27

Western NC struggles with historic drought

Western North Carolina continues to be in a severe drought as wildfires rage through the mountains. The lack of rain has also impacted wildlife, outdoor recreation and agriculture in the region. • Data-driven analysis drives modern weather forecasting• Low water levels cut the…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:21

Welcome home

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The lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens, once ranged across North America from the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay drainages down the…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:18

Wildlife students recognized with scholarship

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Two Haywood Community College students have been recognized for their leadership, scholarship and dedication to the wildlife management profession with…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:16

N.C. ozone levels measuring up against new federal standard

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With a new, more stringent ozone standard now in effect, North Carolina’s numbers are looking good.
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:09

Widespread burn bans now in effect

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The North Carolina Forest Service has issued a burn ban for 25 Western North Carolina Counties, effective immediately and until…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:08

Campfire restrictions enacted in the Smokies

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Campfires in the backcountry of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are a no-go following the park’s decision to issue…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:06

Wildlife rides out the drought

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From his vantage point on the banks of the Tuckasegee River, it’s not that hard for fly fishing guide Alex…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:04

Low water levels cut the season short

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Fontana Lake looks more like a narrow river running through a canyon right now as drought conditions persist across the…
Some things change, and some things stay the same.  Thousands of years ago, humans developed visual and spoken languages to…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:42

Sales tax increase fails in Swain County

About 58 percent of voters in Swain County voted against increasing the sales tax from 6.75 percent to 7 percent.
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:39

Davis hangs tight to N.C. Senate seat

Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, will keep his seat in the N.C. Senate after an easy victory over Jane Hipps, D-Waynesville, who opposed him for the second election running. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:37

Rep. Presnell survives challenge

Rhonda Cole Schandevel, D-Canton, ran a surprisingly good campaign that was well financed, but in the end, it wasn’t quite enough to unseat incumbent Rep. Michele Presnell, who has proven popular in her district.  
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:35

Haywood County voters choose booze

For the first time since 1952, Haywood County voters were allowed to make a decision on whether or not to allow on- and/or off-premises sales of beer and wine. 
Chuck Francis will again return to chair a Haywood County School Board that has set high marks for achievement, climbing into the top 10 percent of all districts in the state.
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:31

Rogers, Ensley win Haywood seats

It had been said about newcomer Brandon Rogers that if signs could vote, he would win. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:29

Republicans claim both seats in Macon

Republican incumbent Paul Higdon will keep his District 3 seat on the Macon County Commission while Republican Karl Gillespie claimed the District 2 seat. 
Jackson County government will flip to the Republican side once again following successful campaigns from Ron Mau and Mickey Luker, Republican candidates for county commissioner who managed to oust Democratic incumbents Vicki Greene and Mark Jones. 
Republican challenger Kenneth Parton was the top vote-getter in the Swain County Commissioners’ race and was able to unseat longtime Democratic incumbent Steve Moon. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:22

Corbin captures easy N.C. House win

Kevin Corbin, R-Franklin, will trade in his seat on the Macon County Board of Commissioners for a place in the N.C House of Representatives following a decisive win over the Democratic candidate Randy Hogsed, of Andrews. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:19

Meadows re-elected for third term in Congress

Incumbent Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, will continue to represent the 11th District of North Carolina after defeating Democratic challenger Rick Bryson. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:17

Clampitt upsets Queen for N.C. House

Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, thought the third time would be a charm. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:59

HCC student wins entrepreneur award

Haywood Community College Career & College Promise student Ezekiel MacMillan was recently awarded the third place National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Student Entrepreneur Award. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:58

Library looks for input on strategic plan

The Haywood County Public Library has roots dating back more than a hundred years, but today’s library has its sights set squarely on the next hundred. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:57

Rash of car break-ins in Haywood

Haywood County Deputies responded to the Haywood Regional Medical Fitness Center around 6:15 a.m. Nov. 2 in reference to nine cars being broken into.
Houseboat owners on Fontana Lake may get to keep their floating homes after all if legislation passes to exempt Fontana from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s decision to remove 1,800 structures from its lakes. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:53

Local nonprofit selected to manage hospital funds

Barring an unforeseen breakdown in contract negotiations, the Haywood Healthcare Foundation will manage the estimated $20 million in funds that resulted from the sale of Haywood Regional Medical Center to Duke LifePoint in 2014.
Haywood Community College’s new Creative Arts Building was supposed to be a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly facility.
Mere months after the much-debated Cullowhee Community Planning Standards became county ordinance, commissioners are set to consider a pair of changes to the rules following a public hearing at 5:55 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in room A201 of the Jackson…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:47

Volunteers, donations needed in dog rescue effort

Haywood County officials and volunteers continue to minister to the needs of 140 — and counting — dogs removed from a property on Terrace Drive in Canton over the weekend. 
The first round of soil removal at Southwestern Community College’s lead-contaminated shooting range has substantially reduced the concentration of metal in the soil, but there’s still more work to be done before lead measurements retreat to safe levels. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:41

Up in smoke: Wildfires rage across a bone-dry WNC

Billowing smoke and inundations of suited-up firefighters have become the norm for many areas in Western North Carolina over the past couple weeks as tinderbox conditions have lured flames across more than 11,000 acres — about 17.5 square miles —…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:38

Per capita loan program approved in Cherokee

Twice each year, every Cherokee tribal member gets a payout of thousands of dollars — called a per capita payment — based on profits at the two tribally owned casinos.
Taking a seat on the old couch, my foot began to tap immediately. The living room full of friends and…
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 21:42

This must be the place

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The most important band in America My ears are still ringing. After catching two nights of the Drive-By Truckers this…
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 21:36

Haywood art grants given

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The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC), serving as a Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council, is pleased…